Tuesday, December 24, 2013
The WaterLOGGING of the National Capital of the Republic of India.
The arrival of the monsoon hits the Urban space of Delhi badly, which is on the verge of becoming one of the world's earliest megacities. The problems is being faced by the inhabitants from decades and no such ground measures have been set or implemented which enhances the overall hydrological cycles of the region for the long term to come for the better and efficient existence of the city which has been made the capital of its kingdom several times. For the sustainable development of any space, one factor which holds its importance pretty much is the management of the river systems which consists of the hydrology as well. Planners have took a several measures one of which includes the building the nallas (drains), which allows the run-off directly to the means of its disposal. Reduction in the surface run-off has degraded the water levels of many of the cities across the Globe which is a concerning factor for designing the cities of the future. Have a look at some of the clicks taken from the parts of New Delhi.
The area in the South Delhi where first the construction of the Metro route has been delayed leaving behind the daily commuters facing a lot difficulties during their daily journey and then the water logged areas has further degraded the overall situation.
Not only the main approach road is water logged, there are areas in front of the residences which are filled with usual water after a few minutes of shower. The situation is from the city where the inhabitants are a lot concerned of their so called 'Standard Of Living.'
The situation worsens itself in the months of July-August(which has also becoming late with every passage of a year due to the changes in the natural systems with the ever increasing human intervention.) The areas could be seen well a more than feet logged with water intervening and effecting the transit system badly.
A city is a place of formation of social groups as a resultant of the heterogeneous character of the inhabitants residing which transforms the order of the community and thus regulating the shape, characters to the city. It's more of a collective approach which holds the key in the social and economic well-being of a city/urban space. The government is just a medium of the management and they can be guided in many ways in the advanced world of today and they can be left with a set of examples as well at the individual level, community level or may be ward level. The promotion of the 'Local Area Planning' needs a mention here as well as the approach followed by the planners and designers seems to get failed from the very first step itself. They needs a set of revival policies here as India is, with a decent pace being urbanized every moment that passes by. India is in a mid-way of the process of urbanization and if a wider aspect related the planning and formation of the sustainable settlements of tomorrow, a lot can be saved and planned accordingly. Also, the context of planning and situations prevailing has to be wisely considered. Foreign models can't be directly transferred
Cities can't be developed and designed by the concerning authorities and government organizations, It's more of the community involvement and participation which shapes the city. Cities are more of a biological phenomenon and hence it can be moulded around the needs and perception of the citizens inhabiting the space.